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Politician Works to Disarm Rape Survivor- by Shayna Lopez-Rivas

February 26, 2016

Politician Works to Disarm Rape Survivor- by Shayna Lopez-Rivas

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As someone who was raped once on campus, I’m convinced that women should have the legal right to carry firearms to defend themselves from violent attack. I won’t go into the horrific details of what happened to me.  If you want to know more, my experience is plastered all over the internet if you search my name.  What I want to discuss now is how the State of Florida disagrees with my belief that I should carry a gun for self-defense wherever I go, including on my campus.  I know from experience that criminals ignore laws.  Rape is illegal and yet I’m sure my rapist didn’t care about the law. I don’t want to be raped again because I was forced by law to leave my gun, the best tool I have for self-defense, in my car.  No one should.  Unfortunately, politicians are making more victims as elected officials trade favors.

That sounds harsh, but you don’t know the half of it.  I have expressed my opinion publicly and have been shocked by the response of gun rights opponents. Let me give a big shout out to the opponents of civilian self-defense and campus carry. They are the ones who gave me a real public education this year.

Thank you to those who tweeted me and Facebooked me advocating that I be murdered for my beliefs. Thank you to everyone who has said I should be killed in a drone strike. Thank you to the people who called me a liar, called me a daytime soap opera writer, and called me a mouthpiece for the gun lobby.

Here is a BIG THANK YOU to those who believe I should be raped again because I advocate self-defense!

Thank you for sending me these vile messages to me each week: you have taught me so much about you, as individuals, and about the anti-gun movement as a whole.

Opponents of gun rights bring up their own fears of immature behavior as a reason for restricting gun ownership by honest citizens.  This year I watched as a prominent student gun opponent was arrested for buying cocaine from an undercover cop. That sounds pretty immature to me.

Gun opponents say they want less violence. Yet these same opponents simultaneously advocate that gun owners be murdered and rape survivors be viciously attacked.  I would not have believed it if I hadn’t lived it.

I am not alone.  I’ve done the research to find out how other people act in similar circumstances.   Those statistics showed me that campus carry isn’t dangerous, except to criminals.  I’ve written other articles with these statistics that you can look up.  Concealed carry license holders are extremely law abiding.  That should convince politicians to act, but they don’t.

I don’t understand why Florida State Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla is blocking a vote for campus carry in his senate committee.  Portilla effectively killed this legislation for another year.  I would love to ask him why, but he’s refuses to meet with me.

I first sent an email to Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla and his legislative assistant Patricia Gosney over a hundred days ago.  I asked to meet with the Senator.  Each time I contacted his office, I explained that I am a rape survivor.  I asked for a few minutes to explain why campus carry is important to me.

I was ignored.  I was told the Senator is busy.  The senator’s assistant told me to stop making “threats”, though I never threatened anyone.  It’s been more than 100 days and 17 emails sent to his assistant.  I received nine responses.  Every response from the Senator’s office told me the Senator was too busy to see me while claiming that he “NEVER” refuses to meet with ANYONE.

We’re not avoiding you, we’re just too busy.  We will always be too busy.

I have made all my email correspondence with the Senator and his aide available for public inspection on my Facebook page. You can find it here and investigate for yourself.

Obviously, I do not know the Senator personally, as I have never met him. I think that a grown man of power and stature who refuses to meet with a twenty-something rape survivor is a pathetic coward.  If we met then he might change my opinion.  Until then, my assumption remains that he would rather I be raped again than schedule campus carry for a vote.  If passed, campus carry legislation would restore my RIGHT to self-defense on campus.

If you live in Florida district 43 do yourselves a favor: don’t allow this politician to be elected again!  Don’t allow me to be raped again; vote in a Senator who will actually do their job, who actually cares about survivors enough to meet with them for five minutes.

Shayna Lopez-Rivas, February, 2016

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Jay Semel permalink
    February 27, 2016 9:24 am

    This senator needs to be removed from office. No one is too busy to hear from a Florida resident. He uses his “feelings”. We don’t need a lawmaker who acts on “feelings. He needs to find a new part time job. Along with all these other RINOs in our congress in Florida.


  2. February 27, 2016 10:27 am

    Shayna – I have already sent him an email message telling him that I will never vote for him again, Republican or not.

    His example is a stark revelation that urban Republicans are not conservatives at all, and can’t be trusted to protect our rights – to them, it’s all a political calculation.

    The American political cauldron is roiling, and they are deaf and blind to it. To them, it’s business-as-usual.

    Except when it ISN’T…..


  3. Rich permalink
    February 27, 2016 5:02 pm

    Marxist and Islamists who infect our federal government plus the media whores who protect them will gleefully lie, falsify, fabricate, slander, libel, deceive, delude, bribe, and treasonably betray the free citizens of the United States..

    Second Amendment foes lying about gun control – Firearms are our constitutionally mandated safeguard against tyranny by a powerful federal government. Only dictators, tyrants, despots, totalitarians, and those who want to control and ultimately to enslave you support gun control.

    No matter what any president, senator, congressman, or hard-left mainstream media whores tell you concerning the statist utopian fantasy of safety and security through further gun control: They are lying. If their lips are moving, they are lying about gun control. These despots truly hate America..

    These tyrants hate freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, and private property. But the reality is that our citizens’ ownership of firearms serves as a concrete deterrent against despotism. They are demanding to hold the absolute power of life and death over you and your family. Ask the six million Jews, and the other five million murdered martyrs who perished in the Nazi death camps, how being disarmed by a powerful tyranny ended any chances of fighting back. Ask the murdered martyrs of the Warsaw Ghetto about gun control.

    Their single agenda is to control you after you are disarmed. When the people who want to control you hold the absolute power of life and death over your family, you have been enslaved. The hard-left Marxist and Islamists who infect our federal government plus the MSM media whores who protect them will gleefully lie, falsify, fabricate, slander, libel, deceive, delude, bribe, and treasonably betray the free citizens of the United States into becoming an unarmed population. Unarmed populations have been treated as slaves and chattel since the dawn of history.

    Will we stand our ground, maintaining our constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights, fighting those who would enslave us?

    American Thinker


  4. meg permalink
    February 29, 2016 2:48 pm

    Please remember that rape has also happened because of guns, and this senator’s intentions are not the same as your offenders. I would be terrified if the men on my campus not only had brute physical force, but also an extra added weapon that they’re allowed to carry around. “Opponents of gun rights bring up their own fears of immature behavior as a reason for restricting gun ownership by honest citizens.” False. Opponents of gun rights bring up examples of immature behavior throughout society as a reason for restricting gun ownership. It’s incredibly immature to think that believe that every rape victim thinks like you, and naïve to believe that “these same opponents simultaneously advocate that gun owners be murdered and rape survivors be viciously attacked.” Once again, you’re not the only rape survivor. We all feel for your pain, please feel for ours before attacking what is a very scary subject for some of us.


    • February 29, 2016 3:47 pm

      There are plenty of examples of “aggravated rape”, both on and off campus. Meg, why do you think gun prohibition works to stop bad guys on campus while rape prohibition fails? Why do you call the police if you think your fellow citizens are too immature to have guns? I don’t see why a campus is special at all.

      Please answer with more than your feelings.


    • Shayna Lopez-Rivas permalink
      March 28, 2016 6:28 pm

      I really shouldn’t respond but….I will say this:

      1) Nowhere in this article did I write that I speak on behalf of all rape survivors. Nor have I said this EVER.

      2) If this is THAT scary a subject for you, I have no idea why you chose to read an article that was clearly going to be pro-gun and about rape. I mean it says it in the headline…literally.

      I’m sorry for whatever happened to you, but you had a choice to click on this article and read it. I don’t create safe spaces and I don’t coddle people; I speak my mind and fight for my rights.

      You don’t get to tell me to keep quiet because you don’t like the subject I’m talking about. You made the conscious decision to read this article so if it made you feel uncomfortable or upset that’s not on me. I highly suggest you avoid any future articles written by me though.

      Have a good day.



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